🦍 CyberKongz’ 13,000x Leap Spurs ‘Own to Earn’ NFTs But Regulatory Scrutiny Looms

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🦍 CyberKongz’ 13,000x Leap Spurs ‘Own to Earn’ NFTs But Regulatory Scrutiny Looms

COMPLIANT TOKEN The lines are getting blurred between NFTs and DeFi. Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), the Ethereum-based NFT collection that exploded over the summer, has announced that it will issue a “legally compliant” token in the first quarter of 2022.

CHEAPEST APE The move is intended to “thoughtfully craft dope utility and governance, benefit our club members, and bring the BAYC ecosystem to a much wider audience.” As popular NFTs like Bored Apes surge in value – the cheapest Ape is currently listed for sale at 38 ETH, or $131K – the teams leading these projects are constantly looking for new ways to incentivize holding and community participation. 

MODEL The runaway success of Axie Infinity’s play-to-earn model has inspired a wave of “own-to-earn” NFT projects. Axie NFT owners must use a combination of AXS and SLP tokens in order to breed their Axies to yield the next generation of Axies, which can then be sold or rented out to other players. The model is clearly working as Axie is on track to hit annualized revenue of $2.4B



🎀 Divergence Ventures Returns 702 ETH to Ribbon Finance After Gaming Airdrop

NEWS DeFi venture fund Divergence Ventures tried to game the airdrop of Ribbon Finance, one of its own portfolio companies, and it worked — but it’s returning the tokens.

SO WHAT The fund, which put $25,000 into Ribbon Finance, returned 702 ETH today after extracting as much from the protocol’s airdrop. At 1:07 PM, Divergence Ventures, which was founded by Compound’s Calvin Liu and serial investor George Lambeth, posted a thread on Twitter explaining part of the operation. 

TACTICS “One of the goals of Divergence Ventures is to make money. Making money in crypto is generally like playing a game,” the company wrote in the thread. “In playing this game, we try many tactics, all the time. Most fail. This one ‘worked,’ and obviously worked in a relatively big way.”


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🏊🏻‍♀️ Rari Capital Launches Permissionless Lending Pools to Become Uniswap of Lending

BIGGEST PRODUCT Rari Capital, the DeFi protocol created by teenagers, has shipped perhaps its biggest product to date — permissionless lending pools. The new feature allows anyone to create a lending and borrowing pool on the open interest rate protocol, meaning anyone can create a pool for any asset, thereby expanding DeFi possibilities. 

ILLIQUID Projects like NFTX, which creates liquid markets for illiquid NFTs by pooling them together and offering a token which represents a claim on one of the non-fungible assets, have already taken advantage of the new functionality on Rari.

PUNK The project deployed a Fuse pool which includes PUNK; PUNK representing a CryptoPunk deposited in NFTX. This opens up the ability for users to now effectively borrow against one of the most valuable NFTs. 



🚀 Axie Infinity is Up 223x This Year: Here’s the Skinny on What’s Propelling AXS

On-Chain Markets Update by Juan PellicerIntoTheBlock

TLDR Since our last in-depth analysis of Axie Infinity almost two months ago the price of their AXS token has increased over 100% within a few weeks. The rally has multiplied the value of AXS by 223 times since January. The catalyst behind this latest bull-run may have been the Series B funding round of $152M led by a16z.

FUTURE Behind the scenes the Axie Infinity team have made a series of recent updates that have also caught the attention of investors. The moves are reinforcing a positive investment thesis on the future of the game and its AXS coin.

HIGH INCENTIVE At the time of writing Axie’s staking contract is offering more than 150% annual returns, quite a high incentive considering that it is 10 times bigger than the usual staking yields that major cryptocurrencies offer. These rewards come from the initial coin allocations, where 29% of the total supply was reserved for this purpose. The rewards account daily for 64516 AXS, or the equivalent of almost $8.5 million.

CURRENT YIELD Interestingly their coin unlock schedule has in their plan to triple the net amount of these staking rewards after three months, and to slightly reduce them until the 5.5 years plan is accomplished. The current yield is based on the total amount of AXS that is staked, so it could change over time. But if in three months more supply will be added as staking rewards, it would mean that the stakers would receive even a bigger yield than the actual one.


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🔗 FTX US launches marketplace for trading Solana-based NFTs: The Block

Crypto exchange FTX.US has fully launched its NFT marketplace, which will support trading for a range of Solana-based NFTs.

🔗 Coinbase Co-Founder’s Venture Firm Raising $1.5B Fund, Document Shows: CoinDesk

Paradigm, the cryptocurrency venture capital firm led by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, is looking to raise a $1.5 billion fund for startup investments, according to documents seen by CoinDesk.

🔗 OpenSea delists DAO Turtles project citing financialization concerns: The Block

OpenSea, the online marketplace for NFT trading, has suspended trading in a pixelated turtle project claiming it broke rules related to carrying out financial activities.

🔗 Traders at banks fear missing out on the crypto party: The Financial Times

Banks have a growing cryptocurrency problem. Internal trading desks and a broadening array of clients are pressuring senior management at large banks to launch services around cryptocurrencies.

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